Harvey Weinstein is presently on trial for sexual assault crimes, however the disgraced film mogul — who has already been convicted of rape, and is presently serving a 23-year sentence — couldn’t assist however react to “She Said’s” opening weekend efficiency.
“She Said” obtained sturdy critiques and is producing awards buzz, however opened to a dismal $2.2 million this previous weekend, marking one of many worst wide-release openings for a significant studio movie this yr and a poor consequence for the $30 million manufacturing. The movie relies on the New York Times’ investigative reporting that contributed to Weinstein’s downfall and ignited the #MeToo motion.
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On Monday, after “She Said” debuted in theaters, Weinstein’s spokesperson reached out to Variety on his personal accord to situation an announcement on Weinstein’s behalf. He stated that Weinstein couldn’t supply remark himself.
In the assertion, Weinstein’s spokesperson gloats over “She Said’s” field workplace efficiency and hails Weinstein’s abilities as a movie producer and distributor. The assertion makes no point out of his ongoing prison trial.
“The film ‘She Said’ bombing isn’t a surprise,” stated Weinstein’s spokesperson, Juda Engelmayer. “Movie watchers want to be entertained, especially now. Details of the investigation, the #MeToo movement, the story of Weinstein and the accusers, has been told over and over again these past five years and it is clear that there was little worth paying to see it here. Harvey, the film producer and distributor, would have known that.”
Universal didn’t reply to Variety‘s request for comment on Weinstein’s assertion.
“She Said” relies on the ebook of the identical identify by the 2 reporters who broke the Weinstein story on the New York Times in 2017. Since that story, greater than 100 lady have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault and abuse. Real-life survivors of Weinstein contributed to the movie, each on and off display, with a purpose to guarantee an correct and delicate depiction of the survivors’ tales.
Weinstein is presently going through 60 further years behind bars in Los Angeles the place his prison trial is ongoing, and he faces seven counts of rape and sexual assault. He is within the technique of interesting his New York conviction for which he was sentenced in 2020 to 23 years. He additionally faces further fees within the U.Ok.
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